HEALTH WITH JESSICA

Crock Pot Chili — PALEO

My hubby and I are really loving this whole Paleo thing.  I am feeling amazing…more energy, lean, just plain healthy.  The more I research Paleo, the better I like it.  Particularly for things that I see so many people struggle with like hormone issues, issues stemming from inflammation and energy issues.

This recipe was a hit!  I was a little skeptical because
A) I HATE carrots!
and B) there are NO beans!
But, the flavor was so DELISH!  And who doesn’t like a super easy meal you can throw in the crock pot?!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 pounds grass-fed beef
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 4 large carrots, shredded (you could chop small if you prefer)
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted)
  • 4oz diced green chilies (I used fire roasted…sensing a theme here? 🙂
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (I used A-1…yum!!!)
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of cumin
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DIRECTIONS
  1. Cook beef on stove top and then add to crock pot…keep the fat too!!
  2. Add prepared green bell pepper, onion, carrots, tomatoes and green chilies.
  3. Stir all the ingredients well, then add the remaining spices and seasonings.
  4. Mix well, cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 5 hours.
  5. Goes nicely with a grain free chip, small amount of good quality cheese (depends on if you do dairy with your paleo plan), sour cream, jalapenos…
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Servings: about 6
Freezes well!!
*recipe adapted from www.lowcarbyum.com/

Healthier Fruit Crisp 

A good fruit crisp is probably my favorite summertime dessert! I love how fruit tastes after it’s been baked and with cinnamon….mmmmmm! You can do a lot of different fruits in this. I just happened to have some apples and peaches that needed to be used up. But berries would be amazing. I love combining fruits like I did this time. 

  
Ingredients for fruit mixture:

  • 4 cups fruit of your choice. Cut/sliced up if needed.
  • 2 Tbsp honey 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Ingredients for topping:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour (or flour of your choice)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375F. 

Combine fruit, honey & cinnamon in medium mixing bowl. Mix together well and spread in medium sized casserole dish or pie plate. 

In a small bowl, combine oats, flour, butter, honey & cinnamon. Sprinkle on top of fruit mixture. Bake 20 minutes, or until golden on top. 

I put a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt on mine 😍 It’s very crumbly as it has far less butter & sweetener than traditional recipes. So consider serving in a bowl. It’s pretty delicious! I would even say this would be an excellent breakfast dish!

Enjoy!!

xoxo, Jess

Grilled, stuffed portobello mushroom

Ummmm this is a combination of several things I LOVE! Yummy and EASY! 

  
Ingredients:

  • 2 Portobello mushrooms, rinsed, stem removed
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced into strips 
  • 1/4 onion, sliced into strips
  • Salt & pepper to taste 

Directions:

Sauté onions & peppers. Place all ingredients on top of mushrooms, distributed evenly between the two mushrooms. Place mushrooms on grill for 5-7 minutes, until mushrooms are soft.

Wha-la!! Devour immediately! 

Expect to see a slightly healthier version of this in our new E-cookbook coming out SOON!!!

xoxo, Jess

Homemade Vanilla Coconut Coffee Creamer 

Coffee creamer is one of those things I have a very hard time not having. I LOVE the thought of getting up and having that first cup of coffee in the morning. There’s just something comforting and inviting about it. Anyone with me on this?

So, rather than give it up altogether, I like trying healthier ways of still having my coffee the way I like it, sweat and creamy.

Typically what I do instead of the regular flavored coffee creamer you buy at the store (hello salted caramel!) is just half & half & honey. It’s good! And people…I take my coffee seriously. When I say it’s good, I’m being genuine. 🙂

I thought I’d try something different however. I love the idea of making your own ______ (fill in the blank). So homemade coffee creamer it is!

If you like coconut…I mean real coconut, not just the artificial flavor, you will be a fan. And another thing I love…it’s SO simple!


Ingredients:

  • 1 can coconut milk (Full fat my friends! Do not be afraid!! It’s good for you!)
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup (go for the good stuff…real maple syrup. It’s more expensive, but it’s better for you and  it tastes a million times better!)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Put all of the above in a sealable jar, close it up and shake baby shake!! It’ll take a couple minutes to get everything good and mixed up. Then seal that puppy up and keep it in the fridge.

Enjoy!!

xoxo,
Jess

 

Visions of Handstands Dance in Their Heads

Day 1! So excited to get rolling with this lovely lady and her health plan!  As I said in a previous post, Adrienne is not new to health and fitness.  This is an element of her life that she holds important and she has taken huge steps in the past couple of years to make it an even bigger priority.  However, starting a new business took her attention away enough to where she decided she wanted a jump start.  So, we had our initial consultation last Friday, and as you can see…we had some fun 🙂 

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Adrienne & Jess 🙂

During a typical consultation I go over health intake forms that I have the client fill out prior to the appointment. I then create a meal plan for them using an awesome program I have through my certification that allows me to input the client’s info so I can gauge what his/her basal metabolic rate is and what calorie level ought to be targeted in order for progress to be made. The best part is I get to customize the plan according to my specific recommendations for them and their needs, along with likes and dislikes.  They receive a shopping list as well and I am able to specify their macro-nutrients in order to be more effective. LOVE. IT.

Adrienne planned to get started the Monday after our consultation. Included in her plan is a workout we’ll be doing together a couple of times a week (she also does hot yoga and I’ll give her an additional “assignment” to do one more day to round out her week of exercise).  I am all for “anywhere workouts” that use just body weight, so that is what we will be focusing on and I am SO excited to get started!

Unfortunately Adrienne has been sick this past week and has not been able to start in on her workouts (so important to give your body the rest it needs when you’re sick!).  HOWEVER…she’s been focusing on the principles surrounding her plan (eating clean, eating regularly, portion control) and has lost 4 pounds in just the first 4 days since she started (and only half-way started!)! So awesome!!!

In addition to all of this, we are busy planning my wedding reception for July. Holy wow…even when you’re doing something low key it’s AMAZING what all is involved in the details! I had a second meeting with Adrienne yesterday to touch base and see where we are at. Josh and I are doing a mix of traditional and very non-traditional at our reception. It’s so fun making it our own and I LOVE that Adrienne is the kind of consultant that lets you lead in terms of how you envision things, but she has all sorts of ideas and resources to support what you want and make it come alive! 

Stay tuned for more of both of our journeys! <3

XOXO,
Jess

 

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